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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 04:53 AM
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They Served: WW II - Actors in the military
Edited on Tue Jul-19-05 04:54 AM by ForrestGump
In writing a post (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... ) based on the Malmedy massacre of 1944's "Battle of the Bulge," I was surprised to find that actor Charles Durning not only narrowly escaped being shot by SS troops that day but was a decorated Ranger. Then I found this site, that's really pretty interesting:

http://www.angelfire.com/film/humble/actors.html

It explains Jack Palance's somewhat 'unique' visage, too.

Here's a sampling...

Don Adams - USMC, Contracted malaria on Guadalcanal

Eddie Albert - US Navy. Drove Amtracks in several Pacific invasions. He served in the landings at Saipan in 1943, where he rescued wounded and stranded Marines from the beachhead. At Tarawa, he was wounded and lost most of his hearing and earned the Bronze Star.

James Arness - US Army, Wounded at Anzio. Purple Heart and Bronze Star

James Best - US Army Air Corps.

Ernest Borgnine he served in the U.S. Navy for twelve years, joining before WWII.

Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky) joined army in WWII and became a combat engineer. Cleared German mines after the Battle of the Bulge. He organized shows for the US troops, and when the German army began transmitting propaganda over loudspeakers Brooks is said to have replied with a version of Al Jolson's 'Toot-toot-tootsie'.

Art Carney - US Army. Carney went to Normandy in July of 1944 as a replacement to the 28th Division in position around St L. He was part of a 30 calibre machine gun squad. On 15 August 1944 he had just taken up his position and was hit in the right leg by mortar shrapnel. After receiving field treatment, he was sent back to Britain and then the US. He once said of his military career, "Never fired a shot and maybe never wanted to. I really cost the government money."

Julia Child served with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in Ceylon and China during WWII.

Jackie Coogan - US Army Air Corps. Enlisted in Army March 1941. After Pearl Harbor, requested transfer to Air Corps as a glider pilot because of his civilian flying experience. After graduating from Glider School, he was made a Flight Officer and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In Dec. 1943, the unit was sent to India where, by using CG-4A gliders, it airlifted crack British troops under Gen. Orde Wingate during the night aerial invasion of Burma (Mar. 5, 1944), landing them in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines.

Tony Curtis - US Navy joined 1943 at age 17. In Tokyo Bay he watched the surrender ceremonies from the Signal Bridge of the USS Proteus.

Ossie Davis - US Army

Kirk Douglas - US Navy

Charles Durning - US Army. Durning landed at Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion. He survived the landing, but was wounded in an ambush during the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured, escaped, and narrowly missed assassination at the Malmedy Massacre. He won three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. He still carries his memories and battle fatigue to this day.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - US Navy. He joined the naval reserves before the war. During the war he served on the Battleship Massachuesetts and was a Commando raider sent on several land attack missions. He retired from the reserves, years later, as a full Captain. He wrote about his war years in the book "A Hell of a War" which also covers his duties in helping organize the forerunners of today's Navy Seals.

Henry Fonda - US Navy. Bronze Star for Valor.

Audrey Hepburn, as a child she was a courier for World War II resistance fighters in Holland

Benny Hill - British Army

Bob Keeshan - ("Captain Kangaroo") U.S. Marines, enlisted two weeks before his 18th birthday. He saw no combat because his enlistment was just two months before the bombing of Hiroshima

Werner Klemperer - US Army

Don Knotts - USA 1943

Lee Marvin - US Marines, wounded in the battle of Saipan

Jack Palance US Army Air Corps. 455th bomb group. Required facial reconstruction from terrible injuries received in 1943 when his B17 crash landed in Britain.

Tyrone Power - USMC Pilot in the South Pacific.

Jason Robards Jr - US Navy. He was a radioman on duty at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. He wrote about his experiences in A Hell of a War.

Don Rickles - US Navy. Destroyer duty. He has said of one deployment, "It was so hot and humid, the crew rotted."

Charles Schultz (cartoonist) - US Army. Staff sergeant and leader of machine gun squad.

Rod Serling - US Army paratroopers

Robert Stack - US Navy. Because of his expertise as an Olympic champion skeet shooter, he was assigned to teach anti-aircraft gunnery.

Rod Stieger - Torpedoman, US Navy. Falsified his age to enlist at 16

Judge Wapner of The People's Court was saved from a sniper's bullet when it lodged in a can of tuna he was carrying while an Army officer in the Pacific

James Whitmore - USMC. WWII interrupted his pre-law studies at Yale. He received his degree while at boot camp and served as an officer in the Marine Corps.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 05:21 AM
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1. Jimmy Stewart was a Brigadier General in the Air Force
His politics may have been off, but he served.

Glenn Miller enlisted and died in the Army.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 07:00 AM
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6. He was Colonel when the War ended...
But stayed in the Air Force Reserve, where he eventually became a Brigadier.

While he was considered conservative, I wonder what he'd have to say about the current crop of neo-conservative chickenhawks.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 07:08 AM
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8. He Flew a Mission in Viet Nam
So I'd guess he'd agree with them.

Don't like his movies, either.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 07:42 AM
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9. Which of the chickenhawks actually went to Vietnam?
Edited on Tue Jul-19-05 07:44 AM by Bridget Burke
None of them. And his stepson died there. It's hard to know what he would think about the current crop of Republicans.

Some of his films are my favorites.



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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 07:44 AM
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10. For that matter...
it's hard to imagine what John Wayne might think of the current crop of Republicans; Wayne attended Jommy Carter's inauguration, and when asked why he, a Republican, was there, said: "I'm here as part of the loyal opposition, and I stress the loyal."
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:39 AM
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13. I guess that word loyalty didn't mean a thing
Cause he never served and he was a big fat tattler durring the McCArthy Witch Hunts....

Including getting personally involved with blacklisting the writter of the Oscar Winning Movie, High Noon...

And just to show you how far off base good old JW was, Gary Cooper, the star of High Noon, worked on the movie even though during the entire filming process, the studio's, all of them, conspired to try and stop Forman from making the film......

So you know what, Fuck John Wayne....

It doesn't take a hero to ruin a man by sreading lies and innuendo's...

if that were the case, Rove would be a gero...


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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:46 AM
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16. Never said he was a hero.
Or that I even particularly admire him.

Just that the Republicans we have today are probably worse.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:46 AM
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17. That's pretty bad if you ask me.....
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:59 AM
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19. Well, yeah.
I'd take Richard Nixon over most or all of the current Republicans, and so would most of the people I know...that should tell you how bad they are....
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:41 AM
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14. Jimmy Stewart even though known as an actor, actually...
Flew missions in WW2.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 05:29 AM
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2. Clark Gable enlisted
Edited on Tue Jul-19-05 05:31 AM by ayeshahaqqiqa
an served as a tail gunner (or some kind of gunner) in a bomber until the brass took him off the assignment, fearing what might happen to morale if his plane went down and he were captured. Gable was very angry at the move.

Mort Walker, creator of "Beetle Bailey" served in the Army in Italy

David Niven left Hollywood and joined a Scottish unit, and was dismayed when he realized it was a unit that didn't wear kilts!

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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 06:43 AM
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5. Waist gunner.
He actually flew missions until he was relieved from duty due to age (he was 40 when the war started).

Interesting historical tidbit; Gable was Hermann Goering's favourite actor, and Goering offered a reward for his capture.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 05:42 AM
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3. And how many who did not make would have been great Americans
Yes they were great Americans as they gave their life, but one can only imagine what they may have done with their lives.
Some would have surely gone on to other greatness had they survived.
Great post BTW, Thanks
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 06:36 AM
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4. you left out RW hero John Wayne.



























oh, right, couldn't be inconvenienced. typical.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 07:05 AM
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7. Ronald Reagan actually enlisted.
But poor eyesight prevented overseas duty. He spent most of the war with the 1st Motion Picture Unit of the AAF--stationed in Culver City.
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LeftyDarthBrodie Donating Member (941 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 04:29 PM
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22. I almost believe his eyesight was too poor
but then again I don't believe anything I hear about Reagan that can't be triple sourced.
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:33 AM
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12. John Wayne
Was never in the military service..

And he was not a cowboy. Like somebody else we all know and love. (Sarcasm)

He was an arm chair hero.

180
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 04:29 PM
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21. This website can start a fight.
The Straight Dope: Was John Wayne a draft dodger?
... A Straight Dope Classic from Cecil's storehouse of human knowledge. Was John Wayne a draft dodger? ... replies: John Wayne, draft dodger? Oh, what delicious (if cheap) irony ...www.straightdope.com/classics/a5_004.html - 7k - Cached - More from this site - :nuke:
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DanCa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 07:46 AM
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11. I love those guys in the ww2 hats
Next time your in the grocery store and see a person wearring one say thank you. It really brightens there day.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:45 AM
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15. Ted Knight AKA Tadeus Wladyslaw Konopka FIVE Bronze stars
http://www.nndb.com/people/563/000049416 /

I heard about this once but it is very hard to track down (he apparently didn't publicize it very much) Ted Knight was the second most decorated US soldier in WWII behind Audey Murphy. Knight was one of the first Americans in Berlin.

BAD ASS

RIP
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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 04:19 PM
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20. Bronze Star? FIVE times?!?!?
Edited on Tue Jul-19-05 04:19 PM by ForrestGump
Pretty cool -- he was one I thought had died and was therefore kind of shocked to see in person (ever since I've remained unsure as to whether he actually WAS dead but it looks like he died about a year after I saw him in Los Angeles). Great as Ted Baxter, and also in that sitcom that must have been his last.

When I clicked on the medal link it took me to a list of awarddes, including Judge Wapner, Oliver North, Spiro Agnew, Timothy McVeigh, and all sorts of other folks. For Strom Thurmond's capsule description it reads "Racist senator/closet miscegenator."
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 04:35 PM
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23. ohmygod, wow, etc
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 08:53 AM
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18. And Reagan was content to ACT the roles of soldiers in movies...
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-05 04:36 PM
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24. very very interesting
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